I hate to say the opera's over, because the U.S. Senate can literally fuck anything up, but it seems now almost certain that Don't Ask Don't Tell will be toast by Christmas. The standing Republican filibuster on it was finally taken back, and now they can have an up or down vote on the bill.
There is very little good news lately, and most of it is due to the Senate becoming this hellish place where government goes to die. It's nice to see one decent thing happen despite all this.
But don't worry, people who hate the hope that America could ever actually become a better place. I'm about 99% certain that any attempt at rules changes at the start of the next session that would make it harder to impossible for Republicans to kill basically any and all legislation of any importance will fail pretty quickly.
Today, though, I want to offer my congratulations to everyone who has worked tirelessly for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and for the chance of GLBT service members to serve with the pride they deserve.